Serial testing to be piloted by South Wales Police

Wednesday December 23rd, 2020

A four-week pilot for asymptomatic serial testing with South Wales Police has been announced by the Health Minister.

The main aim of the pilot is to trial a serial testing regime that will aim to minimise the number of Police staff out of work due to self-isolation following contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.
A similar plan for Welsh school and college staff and students was announced last week which will start in January.

Serial testing means Police staff identified as close contacts of someone who has tested positive would be asked to either self-isolate as normal or to take a lateral flow test (LFT) at the start of their shift for the duration of the self-isolation period.

Those who test negative may continue with their normal activities; those who test positive must self-isolate and book a confirmatory PCR test.

LFTs are handheld devices which produce results within 20 to 30 minutes and can be self-administered.

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